Resident Salary and Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan to all residents, including health, dental, life insurance and paid leave.

  • Salary Schedule 2020-21

    The salary schedule for the 2020-21 year is:

    • PGY-1: $53,650
    • PGY-2: $54,973
    • PGY-3: $55,869

Our Benefits Include

  • University at Buffalo Faculty Appointment (Clinical Assistant Instructor Health Sciences)
  • MedStudy Pediatrics Core in print and online Q&A 3-year subscription
  • Annual membership to the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Harriet Lane Handbook provided to each incoming resident
  • Travel funds provided to residents presenting at regional or national conferences
  • Annual retreat for each resident class
  • On-site medical library
  • Educational and research opportunities
  • Remote access to online resources
  • Paid vacation (4 weeks)
  • Comprehensive health, dental, disability and life insurance
  • Professional liability insurance coverage
  • Financial advice
  • University athletic facilities
  • Free hospital parking
  • Time off for military commitments, maternity/paternity, illness and bereavement


Our salaries do not include the additional value of your benefits, which UB GME pays. Most institutions ask you to pay for your own benefits. Add $5,000 for single coverage and $13,000 for family coverage to our salaries for an accurate figure of your effective salary to compare what you will earn here to other programs.

  • Professional Liability Insurance (Malpractice)

    Each of the affiliated teaching hospitals, at its expense, maintains professional liability insurance coverage on behalf of the residents for the professional resident services rendered at that institution. This coverage is specific to the hospital in which the resident is rotating. Coverage in non-hospital settings is provided for GMEC approved rotations only at the expense of the hospital supporting the resident pay line. No coverage is provided for moonlighting or other activities that are not part of the approved residency/fellowship curriculum.  

  • Medical Insurance

    Medical insurance coverage is offered through BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York effective on the first day residents/fellows are required to report to UB. The plan provides hospital, surgical, medical and prescription coverage. Premiums for single and family coverage are paid in full by the employer. 

    Residents/fellows who decline coverage because they are covered under a health insurance plan other than the one provided through UMRS or UDRS may be eligible for an annual salary increase (“buy-out”) of $500 once they provide proof of other insurance. 

    Residents/fellows must request enrollment and provide proof of such coverage to the UB Office of Graduate Medical Education annually during the open enrollment period or within the notification requirements of a qualifying life event or becoming newly eligible.

  • Dental Insurance

    Dental insurance coverage is available through BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York effective on the first day residents/fellows are required to report to UB. The plan assists with preventive, basic and major dental expenses to a maximum of $1,250/plan year/insured.

    Premiums for single and family coverage are paid in full by the employer. 

  • Life Insurance

    Group basic life insurance coverage is provided through Lincoln Financial Group in the amount of $50,000. The coverage also includes accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefits. Premiums are paid in full by the employer

  • Supplemental Life Insurance

    Supplemental (voluntary) life insurance can be purchased through Lincoln Financial Group, at the resident/fellow’s expense through payroll deductions. Residents/fellows have the option of purchasing supplemental life insurance in amounts of $50,000, $100,000, $200,000 or $300,000. Residents/fellows may also purchase coverage for their spouse (if not an UMRS/UDRS employee) in an amount not to exceed 50% of the amount purchased for themselves as well as $10,000 per child from six months to age 19 ($250 from 14 days to six months). Rates and payroll deduction amounts are provided at the time of enrollment and are re-calculated annually at the start of the plan year (July 1).

  • Short Term Disability Insurance

    New York State mandated short term disability coverage is provided through National Benefit Life Insurance. Premiums are paid in full by the employer

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

    Coverage of up to $2500 per month for PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents and $3000 per month for PGY-3 residents and beyond is provided through Guardian after 180 days of disability. The coverage guarantees income to eligible residents/fellows if they become unable to practice due to sickness or injury, including HIV. Excellent conversion privileges are available upon completion of residency/fellowship training. Premiums are paid in full by the employer.

  • Flexible Spending Plan

    Residents/fellows are offered employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) through which they can set aside money on a pre-tax basis for reimbursement of eligible health and/or dependent care expenses. The health care FSA has a minimum participation level of $300 and a maximum of $2,000/plan year. Dependent care accounts are capped at $5,000/plan year not to exceed $5,000/calendar year with no minimum participation level.

Vacation and Leave

  • We provide standard allowances within the requirements of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) and board certification for vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

    Vacation and sick leave are accrued monthly at a rate of 1 and 2/3rds days per month with a maximum of 20 days per PGY.

  • Holidays

    Residents may be given a maximum of 10 paid holidays per year provided this does not conflict with RRC or Board eligibility requirements. Residents should refer to their program director for the program specific policy related to holiday pay.

  • Leave of Absence

    Residents may be eligible for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act or their employers’ leave of absence policy. Residents/fellows should contact the UB Director of Human Resources for specific information.

  • Effect of Leave on Training

    Any leave of absence, disability leave, or other time off those results in the resident/fellow’s inability to meet RRC or Board eligibility requirements for training time will result in an extension of the training program.

Other Resident Support

  • Our program offers residents additional employment benefits such as call rooms at our affiliated hospitals and access to university athletic and library facilities.

  • Lab Coats

    Two lab coats are provided to each resident/fellow at the start of employment. Additional coats may be purchased from the UB Office of Graduate Medical Education.

  • Prescription Name Stamp

    A prescription name stamp is provided to each resident/fellow if requested by their program at the start of employment. Replacement stamps may be purchased from the UB Office of Graduate Medical Education.

  • Living Allowance

    A living allowance is included in each resident/fellow's annual salary to defray the costs of meals, travel, parking, and other work-related expenses.  

  • Faculty Appointment

    All residents/fellows receive a faculty appointment as a Medical or Dental Resident/ Fellow that enables them to use all gym, library, computing and University facilities. In addition, residents/fellows may avail themselves of the UB Employee Assistance Program, a confidential assessment and referral service.

  • Life Support Training

    As part of orientation, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certifications are provided for residents in programs that require specialty certification. Reimbursement for certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ACLS) is provided for incoming residents and fellows, but must be requested by August 31st of each year.

    Details related to required certifications and reimbursement can be found on the Office of Graduate Medical Education webpage.

  • Call Rooms

    UB affiliated hospitals provide call rooms as required for all residency/fellowship programs that provide in-house call coverage as an approved part of the residency/fellowship curriculum.

  • Laundry Services

    As a general rule, residents/fellows are responsible for laundering of their personal lab coats and other work-related apparel.


Current salary levels and full benefits information for residents on University Medical Resident Services pay lines are posted by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.